American huntress Larysa Switlyk is facing a social media backlash, including death threats, for shooting a wild goat in Islay, Scotland.
CBS News reports that the negative comments came in response to a photo of Switlyk posing with the dead animal. The photo was captioned, “We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group. Made a perfect 200 yard shot.”
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Beautiful wild goat here on the Island of Islay in Scotland. Such a fun hunt!! They live on the edge of the cliffs of the island and know how to hide well. We hunted hard for a big one for 2 days and finally got on this group. Made a perfect 200 yard shot and dropped him with the @gunwerks and @nightforce_optics ! ( Good thing too because he could have ran off the cliff into the water). Ever interested in hunting Scotland and doing some whisky tours, email email@example.com !
Instagram users called Switlyk’s photos “sickening” and “disgraceful.” The backlash grew to a point that the Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister of Ireland, pledged that Scotland’s government would “review the current situation and consider whether changes to the law [for hunting such animals] are required.”
Switlyk used a Twitter post to congratulate, Jason, the hunter that won a gold medal for his goat and the haters came unglued.
@im_PULSE tweeted, “That’s a grown man taking pleasure in killing…a goat? With a gun? Wearing camo? Was he spanked as a child?”
@HardingMike tweeted, “Well done – you shot a sheep. Easier than shooting a fish in a barrel since sheep tend to stand still eating grass. You, Mighty Hunter, with thousands of dollars worth of gear shot something that hardly moves / you won’t eat / but killing it made you feel good. Arsehole.”
And the hits kept coming.
Switlyk responded to the comments by pointing out that she is about to go off the grid for two weeks for another hunt. She said, “Nothing better than disconnecting from this social media driven world and connecting back with nature. Hopefully that will give enough time for all the ignorant people out there sending me death threats to get educated on hunting and conservation.”
On July 2, 2018, Breitbart News reported that huntress Tess Thompson Talley likewise stood her ground after facing a social media backlash over photos of her hunt of a black giraffe in Africa.
Africa Digest published photos of Talley’s hunt:
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share pic.twitter.com/hSK93DOOaz
— AfricaDigest (@africlandpost) June 16, 2018
One respondent wrote, “I can’t imagine killing anything, let alone a defenseless animal who can’t shoot you back you. … What a sad state of affairs when human beings can actually do this. Shame on everyone and anyone who defends this type of behavior.”
Actress Debra Messing tweeted:
Tess Thompson Talley from Nippa, Kentucky is a disgusting, vile, amoral, heartless, selfish murderer. With joy in her black heart and a beaming smile she lies next to the dead carcass of… https://t.co/gG9CWX4oXl
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 27, 2018
But Fox News reported that Talley refused to budge. She said, “I get that hunting is not for everyone; that’s what makes this world great is the differences. But to make threats to anyone because they don’t believe the way you do is completely unacceptable. If it was any other belief that was different, threats and insults would be deemed hideous. However, for some reason it is OK to act this way because it’s hunting.”
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